Corvette Supercharger/Turbo Forced Induction Guide - Air Supremacy

Looking For The Right Forced-Induction System For Your Corvette? Read On.

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While it may look stock, this ProCharger enhanced'06 convertible makes arousing 523 hp at the rear wheels.

When it comes to visual impact and sheer, unadulterated horsepower,nothing beats a well-designed forcedinduction (FI) system. To help youdecide which FI setup is right for your Corvette, we've put togetherthis comprehensive guide to all the major Corvette turbo- andsupercharger systems currently on the market. Whether you're building a9-second drag car or simply looking to spice up your daily ride, one ofthese kits is bound to suit your needs.

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Air power systems engineering PTY. Ltd. (APS)

What is it?

Intercooled twin-turbocharger system

For which cars?

C6, C5

What engines?

LS7, LS6, LS3, LS2, LS1

Fits under stock hood?

Yes

Engine mods required?

No

Fuel-system mods required?

Yes

How much power on stock engine?

40-50 percent increase, depending on boost and application

How much?

Starting at $8,900

Why you want it:

APS's twin-turbo system utilizes liquid-cooled, ball-bearingturbochargers for instantaneous boost, along with an Inconel turbinewheel and Ni-Resist turbine housing for the ultimate in highexhaust-gas-temperature longevity. Twin vertical flow bar and plateintercoolers serve up massive levels of chilled charge air. Twin airintakes allow free and easy breathing, and twin, dual-vent blow offvalves provide the ultimate in boost response. The APS kit requires nocutting of the body-a big plus if you're planning to return the car tostock in the future.

Air Power Systems Engineering Pty. Ltd. (APS)
73 Merrindale Dr., Dept. VM
South Croydon, VIC 3136 Australia
www.airpowersystems.com

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Callaway

What is it?

Intercooled Roots-style supercharger system

For which cars?

C6, C5

What engines?

LS6, LS3, LS2, LS1

Fits under stock hood?

No

Engine mods required?

No

Fuel-system mods required?

Yes

How much power on stock engine?

40-50 percent increase, depending on boost and application

How much?

Starting at $6,595

Why you want it:

Callaway's version of Magnuson Products' popular MagnaCharger is said to deliver more horsepower per psi of boost than any other supercharger system. Power increases greater than 150 hp in a C6 (120 hp in a C5) can be realized, thanks to Callaway's new inlet design, which increases airflow for improved efficiency. An internal bypass valve minimizes parasitic loss, meaning less than 1.3 hp is required to turn the supercharger at 60 mph. The integrated, liquid-toair intercooler features proprietary flow technology, ensuring a dense charge for combustion.

Callaway
3 High St., Dept. VM
Old Lyme, CT 06371
(860) 434-9002
www.callawaycars.com

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HP Performance

What is it?

Intercooled twin-turbo system

For which cars?

C6, C5, C4

What engines?

LS7, LS6, LS3, LS2, LS1, LT1, L98

Fits under stock hood?

Yes

Engine mods required?

No

Fuel-system mods required?

Yes

How much power on stock engine?

40-50 percent increase, depending on boost and application

How much?

Starting at $8,495

Why you want it:

HPP's systems are offered in three versions: Stage I comes standard with 50mm turbos and will support 700 rwhp. This system can be installed on a stock LS1, LS6 or LS7, although it should be run at conservative boost levels due to the high compression and design strength of these engines. Stage II comes standard with 57mm turbos, will support 800-900 rwhp, and will require engine modifications. Stage III comes standard with 67mm turbos, will support 1,000-plus rwhp, and will require more-extensive engine modifications.

HP Performance/Turbocharged Power Systems
P.O. Box 3377, Dept. VM
Roswell, NM 88202
(505) 623-1304
(area code 575 starting October 1, 2008)
www.turbochargedpower.com

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Kenne Bell

What is it?

Intercooled twin-screw supercharger system

For which cars?

C6, C5

What engines?

LS6, LS2, LS1

Fits under stock hood?

No

Engine mods required?

No

Fuel-system mods required?

Yes

How much power on stock engine?

40-50 percent increase, depending on boost and application

How much?

Starting at $6,999

Why you want it:

KB says its twin-screw supercharger system provides big-block feel at any engine or vehicle speed, not just peak rpm. It benefits from cooler air-charge temperatures and lower parasitic loss than Roots-style blowers. Instant full boost is available at any engine speed from 2,500 rpm up. This means more low- and mid-range torque and hp. KB also says there is no boost drop-off from 5-18 psi. A huge 93mm inlet manifold accepts stock 76mm or aftermarket 90mm throttle bodies.

Kenne Bell
10743 Bell Ct., Dept. VM
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730
(909) 941-6646
www.kennebell.net

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Lingenfelter Performance Engineering, Inc.

What is it?

Intercooled Roots-style supercharger system

For which cars?

C6, C5

What engines?

LS6, LS2, LS1

Fits under stock hood?

No

Engine mods required?

No

Fuel-system mods required?

Yes

How much power on stock engine?

40-50 percent increase, depending on boost and application

How much?

Starting at $5,995

Why you want it:

Based on an OEM Eaton supercharger unit, Lingenfelter Performance Engineering's version of the MagnaCharger utilizes an LPE-designed heat exchanger to maximize intercooling. The system is supplied with properly-sized fuel injectors, a proprietary boost-bypass controller, and a Lingenfelter high-flow air intake.

Lingenfelter Performance Engineering, Inc.
1557 Winchester Rd., Dept. VM
Decatur, IN 46733
(260) 724-2552
www.lingenfelter.com

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East Coast Supercharging

What is it?

Intercooled centrifugal supercharger system

For which cars?

C6, C5

What engines?

LS7, LS6, LS3, LS2, LS1

Fits under stock hood?

Yes

Engine mods required?

No

Fuel-system mods required?

Yes

How much power on stock engine?

40-50 percent increase, depending on boost and application

How much?

Starting at $5,995

Why you want it:

Corvette tuner East Coast Supercharging uses Paxton's Novi-2000 head unit in its C5 system and the SL 1500 model in its C6 kit. Both feature a custom single intercooler with polished intake ducting and include a fuel-system upgraded with 60-lb/hr Motron injectors and an MSD Boosta-Pump.

East Coast Supercharging
562 Rt. 539 (Pinehurst Rd.), Dept. VM
Cream Ridge, NJ 08514
www.eastcoastsupercharging.com

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Procharger

What is it?

Intercooled centrifugal supercharger system

For which cars?

C6, C5, C4

What engines?

LS7, LS6, LS3, LS2, LS1, LT1, L98

Fits under stock hood?

Yes

Engine mods required?

No

Fuel-system mods required?

Yes

How much power on stock engine?

40-50 percent increase, depending on boost level and application

How much?

Starting at $5,500

Why you want it:

ProCharger's Corvette supercharger kits offer OEM-quality fit and finish and deliver industryleading performance and durability. Power gains are impressive: The company's LS3 C6 offering produces a 40-45 percent hp improvement with just 5-6 psi of intercooled boost, and even higher boost and power levels are available for modified motors. ProCharger's high-flowing head unit and efficient air-to-air intercooler substantially improve overall performance and maximize engine reliability.

ProCharger/Accessible Technologies, Inc.
14801 W. 114th Terr., Dept. VM
Lenexa, KS 66215
(913) 338-2886
www.procharger.com

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Squires Turbo Systems

What is it?

Intercooled, rear-mounted twin-turbo system

For which cars?

C6, C5

What engines?

LS7, LS6, LS3, LS2, LS1 (L98/LT1/LT5 coming soon)

Fits under stock hood?

Yes

Engine mods required?

No

Fuel-system mods required?

Yes

How much power on stock engine?

40-50 percent increase, depending on boost level and application

How much?

Starting at $7,000

Why you want it:

STS's twin-turbo systems burst onto the scene a few years ago as the first mass-produced, rear-mounted twin-turbo system available for the Corvette. The major advantages of this configuration include easier installation, with no need for major modifications to the vehicle. Locating the turbos at the rear of the car reduces underhood temperatures in the Corvette's already crowded engine room.

Squires Turbo Systems
165 N. 1330 W., Ste. A-4
Dept. VM
Orem, UT 84057
(866) 938-8726
www.ststurbo.com

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Vortech Engineering

What is it?

Centrifugal supercharger system (most applications intercooled)

For which cars?

C6, C5, C4

What engines?

LS7, LS6, LS2, LS1, LT1

Fits under stock hood?

Yes

Engine mods required?

No

Fuel-system mods required?

Yes

How much power on stock engine?

30-40 percent increase, depending on boost level and application

How much?

Starting at $5,995

Why you want it:

Vortech gear-driven superchargers provide nearly silent operation and a high- efficiency impeller and housing. By tapping into the engine's oiling system, Vortech utilizes what it claims is the best possible lubrication and cooling for the supercharger, even under sustained boost conditions. In later applications, an integrated charge cooler allows for additional horsepower gains. An included fuel-management upgrade encompasses high-capacity fuel injectors and a handheld ECM reprogrammer.

Vortech Engineering
1650 Pacific Ave., Dept. VM
Oxnard, CA 93033
(805) 247-0226
www.vortechsuperchargers.com

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Weiand

What is it?

Roots-style supercharger system

For which cars?

C3, C2, C1

What engines?

Traditional small- or big-block Fits under stock hood?

No

Engine mods required?

No

Fuel-system mods required?

Yes

How much power on stock engine?

Up to 50 percent increase, depending on boost level

How much?

Starting at $1,800

Why you want it:

Nothing says horsepower like a gigantic roots supercharger towering over the hood of your Corvette. Weiand offers several superchargers, ranging from the compact 142 series, which will actually fit under some hoods, all the way up to the enormous 8-71 series, which requires a hole roughly the size of the Holland Tunnel. If you want to make a statement, these are your babies.

Weiand
1801 Russellville Rd.
Bowling Green, KY 42101
www.holley.com

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